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South Bank Tower

Contractors braced for disruption from crane drivers strike

30 Oct 14

Contractors and major clients, including Network Rail, are bracing for the impact of a crane drivers strike

Alan Brookes

Skills crisis prompts EC Harris to consider offshoring work

24 Oct 14

Chief executive says consultant could outsource work to fast-developing countries due to UK skills gap

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Construction generic pic

Construction appointments: 19 October 2014

24 Oct 14

HS2 Ltd, Osborne and Gardiner & Theobald are among the firms announcing promotions and appointments this week


Aecom index series (Previously Davis Langdon)

Market forecast: Rolling on

30 Oct 14

Rising price levels still reflect an industry in relatively rude health, despite ongoing capacity issues and question marks over the global economy

ECMR October

Market review: Slight turbulence

28 Oct 14

Output fell in the latest ONS figures but the value of contracts awarded is growing. Here are highlights of Barbour ABI’s latest monthly Economic & Construction Market Review

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Wanda Cultural City Tourism & Exhibition Centre

Horrific architecture: Part 2

30 Oct 14

Continuing our Halloween tribute to the most gruesome building designs around the globe, here’s the second of our three part mini-series

White Sails Hospital, Tunisia

Horrific architecture: Part 1

29 Oct 14

Dim the lights and get ready to hide behind the sofa. It’s the return of Building’s Halloween tribute to the most gruesome building designs around the globe

Didcot B burning

Image of the week: Inferno

24 Oct 14

Firefighters battle against the flames at Didcot B power station

GEG 2014 image 3

Good Employer Guide 2014: A focus on staff wellbeing

24 Oct 14

Mental health issues can be difficult to detect in the workplace - which means they can also be easy to ignore. But as this year’s guide shows, the best employers are those that are ready and able to heed the warning signs

GEG 2014 image 4

Good Employer Guide 2014: Results analysis

24 Oct 14

With recruitment and retention once again critical issues for the industry, here’s how this year’s top 50 employers are luring and keeping hold of key staff



Hansom: Nothing by halves

24 Oct 14

If you’re building a new HQ, why not divert the canal so it’s nearer to you? Moving a 2.5 tonne sculpture? Get a friendly contractor to shift it. Fundraising for charity? Run up 35 floors of a tower. Doing lunch? Do two

Project news

Bishopsgate Goods Yard site, Shoreditch, London

Battle over Bishopsgate towers plan heats up

29 Oct 14

A dozen towers planned for Shoreditch site, with campaigners saying scheme is “big, ugly and not fit for purpose”

Brum retirement

Green light for 16-storey Brum retirement scheme

29 Oct 14

Developer Pegasus Life wins approval for five towers in Sutton Coldfield

Battersea Power Station

Skanska confirmed for iconic Battersea Power Station job

27 Oct 14

Contractor sees off three big name rivals to take £600m job to redevelop the Battersea Power Station

Levitt Bernstein's Granada Studios plan for the Manchester Grande

Levitt Bernstein to transform Granada Studios into hotel

23 Oct 14

TV studios where Coronation Street was filmed to become an “event hotel”

Wright + Wright Geffrye Museum

Geffrye Museum seeks fresh funding for revamp

23 Oct 14

£15m scheme by Wright & Wright sweats on decision next spring

Make scheme for Derwent in Charlotte Street

Derwent dusts off £150m Saatchi building revamp

9 Oct 14

Exclusive: Three contractors in the running for Derwent’s redevelopment of the Saatchi & Saatchi office building in central London

Sketch of the week

Chatsworth House

Sketch of the week: Chatsworth House

24 Oct 14

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Paul Holden, director at Peak Architects.


Good Employer Guide 2014

Revealed: Construction's top employers 2014

24 Oct 14

Today we publish our list of the 50 firms that make up the Building Good Employer Guide 2014 and reveal the top five firms picked by the judges for special praise


new houses

Reviewing the Lyons Review

23 Oct 14

The Lyons Review sets out a routemap to the construction of 200,000 homes a year, so what do private housebuilders and affordable housing landlords make of it?


Sarah Richardson

Building on good news

24 Oct 14 | By Sarah Richardson

With positive sector reports published this week, it’s important that the staff are found to support these numbers

Joey Gardiner

Look past the politics to Lyons Review details

24 Oct 14 | By Joey Gardiner

On the face of it, Labour are the first party to produce a comprehensive plan to increase housebuilding 

Sarah Richardson

Good Employer Guide 2014: The good will out

24 Oct 14 | By Sarah Richardson

The 50 firms in this year’s guide lead the sector in terms of benefits, career development and staff satisfaction

From the archive

National Theatre

This week in 1976

24 Oct 14

Ahead of the official opening of the National Theatre, Building met its architect Denys Lasdun

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